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Samuel Betances

Diversity Consultant & Keynoter


As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances has worked in all fifty states, all six U.S. territories, and in various countries including Japan, Korea, Germany, and Mexico. As a motivational speaker, he inspires willing learners to aim high, reject rejection, and embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future.

Decades of university teaching, publishing articles, and consultantships with private and public organizations bring to each event a breadth and depth of understanding on how we must make sense of differences. His newly released educational book/tape series Ten Steps to the Head of the Class has been outstandingly received by audiences everywhere. Dr. Betances challenges and motivates clients in Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, community groups, community colleges, universities, lecture series and commencement events. New, non-sexist, and balanced systems, which will not benefit any one group at the expense of another, can only emerge when white males and non-traditional groups work together. He brings audiences to their feet in women's issues forums, African American historical month activities, Hispanic events and celebrations on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to name but a few. He challenges negative mindsets with his problem solving methodology and extensive grasp of issues. Dr. Betances has merged eloquence and teaching skills to deliver his powerful message with conviction: "It matters less where we are from-what really matters is where we are going. Accept our diversity. Embrace it. Make it work for you. Harness the rainbow."

This great motivator was not supposed to make it. Out of the bowels of inner city poverty, stigma of minority group status, violence, welfare, and illiteracy in two languages, he arose. With strong spiritual convictions and a passion for reading, Betances has taken the hard lessons from the mean streets of life and reshaped them into his personal vision. He embarked on a journey from dropping out of school to a Doctorate from Harvard University. Today, America's foremost communicator on the challenge of casting away barriers to success is an honored Professor Emeritus, a consultant to Presidents, managers, community groups, clergy members, educators, and a role model for youth.

Dr. Betances is a superb workshop leader. His style is to guide a highly interactive, inclusive, fun, and spirited search for solutions. Sessions are customized to fit client's needs. Group exercises and interventions are geared at removing the formal and informal barriers, which impede the goals of the organization.

His success at bringing cultures together has earned him many awards. Much more than a lecturer, Dr. Betances works to help others learn the importance of pulling cultures together as a way of bringing America back to the top--in education, business, and society in general. As he puts it, "Our mission is to make America stronger, healthier, and freer than when we found her."

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Leading Change

  • Preparing for and Coping with Change
  • Cultural Shifts that Necessitate a Different Way of Conducting Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Critical Thinking as an Essential Ingredient of Successful Leadership
  • Becoming a Change Agent
  • Understanding and Leveraging Diversity as a Leadership Strategy
  • Change Management Techniques
  • Developing a High Performance Organization
  • Creating a Safe, Secure, Fear-free Workplace
  • Nurturing a Learning Environment

Developing People

  • Developing Self
  • Developing Others
  • Recruitment
  • High Visibility Assignments
  • Succession Planning
  • Mentoring
  • Performance Coaching
  • Creating Personal Development Plans
  • Rewards and Recognition

Mastering Communications & Building Coalitions

  • Creating an Interpersonal and Organizational Transparent Communication Process
  • The Fundamentals of Team Work
  • Fostering and Supporting Inclusive, Diverse Work Teams
  • Overcoming Comfort-Zone Barriers
  • Establishing Partnerships
  • Global Networking
  • Identifying and Removing Communication Barriers
  • Reducing Defensive Communication Patterns

Acquiring Leadership Cultural Competencies

  • Adapting to Different Organizational Cultures
  • Identifying and Utilizing the Strengths of Your People
  • Targeting and Removing Formal and Informal Barriers to Mission Success (i.e., micromanagement, pre-selection, favoritism, nepotism, cronyism, elitism, rankism, etc.)
  • Creating, Fostering and Strengthening Diverse, Inclusive High Performance Teams
  • Anticipating and Proactively Dealing with Potential Trouble Spots and Effectively Addressing Existing Challenges
  • Building a Transparent Organizational Culture
  • Diffusing Conflict
  • Managing Stress in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Resistance and Fears

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